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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 3 hours ago. 35 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2014 at 2:17am

Yes, the legendary June Taylor dancers.  Great entertainment.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2014 at 1:34am

I did love Art Carney...and his Brotherhood of the Sewers "anthem."

I also laughed at Reggie van Gleason III and his pomposity.  But, you know me...my favorite part of the full Jackie Gleason Show was the June Taylor Dancers.  Naturally. 

And Ernie Flatt on the Garry Moore Show, and then Carol Burnett's show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv7hwXKanTY

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2014 at 11:43pm

The only complaint I've ever heard through the years regarding the Honeymooners is about the yelling and the arguing. 

What's interesting about me, personally, is that I've always hated heated confrontations and yelling and screaming as a form of expressing anger (unless as part of a mass public protest situation.)  I'm much more the reasoned-discussion and diplomatic type.  Perhaps some of the underlining appeal for me about the Honeymooners is that behind all the yelling, Alice, the woman and voice of reason, always prevails and the blow-hard bully is sheepishly and rightfully put in his place.

I certainly don't condone bullying and yelling as part of a healthy family or personal relationship, and I can surely understand the sensibilities of those who have been in that situation. 

With that said, I know I will enjoy the exquisite comedy of the Honeymooners until my dying day.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2014 at 10:53pm

Comedies that seemed funny when I was young are often offensive now. Before feminist consciousness raising I didn't notice the misogyny, now it hits me in the face.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2014 at 10:48pm

Carl, I like your standing for your favorite in spite of being what appears to be a minority in this string. 

Lke Patricia, I associated all that yelling with my father and his rages that physically hurt, but the pain that didn't show was the mental abuse he delivered for no reason other than his own dominance of power. 

My favorite was Carol Barnett, too. And Dick Van Dyck

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:22pm

James, you're not missing anything.  I think the early episodes were fairly clever, but all I hear from the TV when my sister watches those effing reruns is yelling, shouting, whining.  On and on and on.  

My sister is nearly 70 years old, but she has Asperger's syndrome, and her sense of humor is that of a pre-teen. She thinks Bart Simpson (the son) is hilarious.  

Our TV is about 20 years old now, and I can't wait for it to die.  I can't afford to buy another one, and I won't miss it at all.

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 9:46pm

Not normally a Simpsons watcher, or anything animated for that matter. Sorry.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

OK, I'm here to defend the Honeymooners, which has been an all time favorite of mine since childhood.  I own the "Classic 39" episodes on DVD so I can watch them at any time.  In addition to the visual physical comedy of Jackie Gleason, the interactions between Gleason and Art Carney are pure comedy gold. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 2, 2014 at 5:30pm

Make that a third!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2014 at 5:26pm

Whoa, someone else who didn't love Lucy?!?  EEEEEEK!!!

 

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